CFHS code : CL145

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN PHYPERS d 4 June 1919 age 58

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202514, 0.13815462 – click here for location



John Phypers (25 March 1861 – 4 June 1919)

John was born in Ely and was the son of  John and Sarah (née Feast). John Phypers (Snr) (1821-1870) worked for a local tailor/draper and died when John (Jnr)  was 9 years old.  In 1881 John was living with his mother at Walpole Lane, Ely and  was working as a stonemason. He married Charlotte Bell (1865-1948)  in 1889 in Downham Market, Norfolk and the couple had two sons: Reginald John (1889-1973) and Wilfred (1891-1974).  Both children were born in Cambridge and from 1891-1893 the family were documented as living at 51 Union Terrace.

In November 1895 the Cambridge Independent Press ran an article titled ‘an insane act’ which reported on John’s appearance in front of magistrates. He was charged with breaking two panes of glass at 6 Selwyn Gardens.  John Phypers had approached P.C. Aworth at 1.45am and had said ‘I give myself up for breaking Mr. Ward’s window with a brick’.  When asked  by the policeman why he had done it John replied ‘Mr Ward has my wife there’.  At court John offered no defence and was remanded for a week ‘in order that his mental condition might be inquired into’. It is thought he was hospitalised until his death at Fulbourn Hospital in 1919.

Charlotte and his two sons lived at 22 Park Street and Charlotte worked as a college bedmaker.  By 1939 she had returned to live in Norfolk and died in Downham Market in June 1948.



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John Phypers